Ever wondered what it feels like to run a marathon?
Our Consultant Gynaecologist, Mr Narendra Pisal shares key moments of Sunday 4th October, the day he completed the virtual London Marathon in 4 hours 35 minutes and 19 seconds and raised an incredible £8,662 for the women’s health services at The Whittington Health NHS Trust.
Mr Pisal says, “We started at 7am, colleague and friend Voi Shim Wong and his wife came to see us off. Simon (who is much faster) and Nipun (who hasn’t done a marathon before) were with me. I had bought a totally tsunami-proof light jacket which was ridiculously expensive but ever so great! The route was amazing and we went down to Primrose Hill and Regents Park and Hyde Park through to Chelsea.
“Then along the river all the way up to Tower bridge. My wife Pradnya and son Rohit were there to cheer us on (and again at Kings Cross and Angel). We ran down Oxford Street, Regents Street and went up Euston Road all the way up to Angel and Highbury and back to Crouch end Clock tower. It rained non stop but our skin is waterproof! It was one of the most enjoyable marathons – one to remember.”
“Keith and Giles, our running club mates accompanied us for the last 10k and there was a mini crowd at the finish line! We bumped into so many other virtual marathon runners and cheered each other on. The spirit of marathoners is alive and well in spite of the pandemic. And we have raised nearly 10k! 10K in exchange for a marathon, now that’s not a bad exchange, is it?”
I have been overwhelmed by the response and words of encouragement – from the kind words, messages of support and donations from generous colleagues, friends and patients. A very special thank you to you all.”
To find out more about the charities we support and the previous fundraising efforts undertaken by Mr Pisal, visit our Charity page here